Hey you, You’re a good mom.

Nov 20, 2013 by

Today on Facebook a friend updated her status by saying that she wouldn’t win any Mother of the Year awards for forgetting there was a 1/2 day of school today and as a result her daughter had to go to a friend’s house off the bus.  I responded by saying that she was a good mom because she gave her daughter the tools she needed to know what to do in that situation.

We are all good moms.  We are all trying our best for our kids.  Sometimes we fail, most of the time we succeed.  As moms we put so much emphasis on our flaws.  Although isn’t that true of everything we do as women?  Something is wrong here.

I’ve been thinking a lot of this video that went viral a while back.

School Psychology Awareness Week

Nov 13, 2013 by

This week the National Association of School Psychologists  invites states around the country to proclaim it School Psychology Awareness Week.

Being that I am a school psychologist I thought I would share a little bit about what I do on any given day as our profession seems to be a mystery to many people.  Shortly after the Sandy Hook tragedy last year my stepfather sent me a long email about his concerns for the welfare of children in our schools; specifically he asked lots of questions about how best to address mental health needs.  He shared that he thought it would be best if all schools had someone on the staff that was trained to deal with mental health issues as they affect students.  I called him laughing and explaining “That’s my job.”  He’d never actually taken the time to think about what I do.

We can’t have nice things

Nov 7, 2013 by

There I was, 6:45 am in the morning in our dining room staring at the dining room table. I found myself focusing on breathing quietly while surveying the damage from our 3 year old’s pencil-carving-into-the-dining-room-table project. My wife was stunned, barely able to process as she was in “5 hours of sleep – no coffee yet” mode.

As I stood there trying to channel my own “inner orange rhino”. I had a flashback to 8 years ago when we moved into our place and shopped around for weeks trying to find dining room furniture. Prices ranged from $300 to $5,000 for a dining room table. We were trying to conceive at the time, so we knew children would be in our lives. My wife said to me “we can’t have nice things now, we have to think about what children do to things, think about spilled milk, crayons, and general child-related incidents.”

My Mommy Photo Confession

Nov 6, 2013 by

My house is lopsided.  No, not literally.  Don’t get all Leaning Tower of Pisa on me.

Since we have moved into the new second house it has become abundantly clear that I stink at being a mother.  My failings on this front are staring me in the face.  Or not, as the case may be.

I have almost no pictures of Kitten in my house.  When I was unpacking boxes of family pictures I realized that we have no framed pictures of her.  We have a large canvas print of her in the family room with one of Lovey on the opposite wall.  There’s also a family portrait from her newborn session hanging in the family room, a picture of Honey’s extended family on the refrigerator (really need to get that bad boy framed), and a picture of Lovey and Kitten-also from the newborn session-on my dresser.  That’s it.  There are also no pictures in her baby book.

A Weekend in the life of a Working Mom.

Oct 30, 2013 by

Ahh…Friday.  The best day of the week because it’s the last day of the work week and the start of the weekend.  Weekends filled with leisurely activities and family fun.  Weekends to relax and enjoy time away from work responsibilities.

Yeah right.  My weekends don’t sound anything like that either.

Friday

3:15pm: Leave work on-time because it’s Friday.  Rush to bakery to pick up special order for the weekend.  Throw in a little something extra for me and Honey.  Rush to liquor store, spend 15 minutes debating wine choices, finally find what I want, get two bottles.  Hey, it’s Friday after all.

4:00pm: Get home just in time for the nanny to leave on time for the first time all week.

Recap: Whole Foods Market Farm to Table dinner

Oct 9, 2013 by

This past Saturday Honey and I had the pleasure of attending this event:

WFM

CTWorkingMoms was lucky enough to receive complimentary tickets to the event.  When Michelle offered the tickets to the bloggers I jumped at the chance to attend.  I’m so glad I did.   Ironically Honey and I had talked about getting tickets ourselves but decided it wasn’t in our budget as we have plans this weekend as well. Melissa also attended with her husband.

The event was held at the grow hartford garden on Laurel Street in Hartford and was a benefit for the Hartford Food System.    Here is some information about the organization straight from the website:

Since 1978, Hartford Food System has been a leader in grassroots efforts to fight hunger and improve nutrition in Hartford’s low-income neighborhoods. We are one of the nation’s oldest organizations working to promote the concept of community food security, defined as all persons being able to obtain a culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet in their community from normal sources such as grocery stores and farmers markets. Our work and programs are based on three reinforcing strategies:

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